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Ian Donald child myopia study

Ian Donald Optometrist, has accepted an offer to participate in a child myopia study.

We are looking for short-sighted (myopic) children to participate in this clinical study to test new myopia management spectacles and contact lenses.



What is myopia?

Myopia, also commonly referred to as near-sightedness, is a prevalent eye condition characterised by a refractive error in the eye, leading to difficulties in focusing on distant objects. This condition results from an anatomical mismatch between the length of the eyeball and the optical power of the cornea and lens, causing light entering the eye to converge in front of the retina rather than on its surface.

Individuals with myopia typically experience clear vision when viewing objects up close but encounter blurriness when attempting to focus on objects situated at a distance. This discrepancy arises from the excessive bending of light rays by the optical components of the eye, causing the image to fall short of the retina. Myopia  is often classified based on its severity, ranging from mild to high myopia.

Genetic, environmental and lifestyle factors, including family history, prolonged near-work activities and limited outdoor exposure can influence myopia development. If left uncorrected, myopia can lead to visual discomfort and a heightened risk of ocular complications, such as retinal detachment, cataracts and glaucoma.

Treatment options for myopia include corrective lenses (glasses or contact lenses) to alter the path of incoming light and bring it into proper focus on the retina. Regular eye examinations and early intervention are essential in managing myopia and preserving ocular health.

Myopia in children

Myopia is a concern in pediatric eyecare, affecting a growing number of children worldwide. This visual condition in children can pose several challenges and potential long-term effects on ocular health and overall well-being.

The prevalence of myopia in children has been on the rise, primarily due to increased near-work activities and reduced outdoor time. This trend is associated with various challenges, including reduced academic performance, increased risk of eye strain and difficulties with daily activities. Unmanaged myopia in childhood may lead to progressive myopia, raising the risk of severe ocular complications in later life, such as retinal detachment and glaucoma.

Effectively managing myopia in children involves strategies like myopia control interventions, specialty contact lenses and prescription eyewear. Regular eye examinations are critical to monitor myopia’s progression and tailor interventions accordingly. Early intervention and myopia management are essential to mitigate the long-term effects and challenges associated with myopia in children, promoting both visual and overall health.

Clinical study to test new myopia management spectacles and contact lenses

Participating in a clinical study for myopia in children offers a unique opportunity to contribute to advancing scientific knowledge and access potential benefits for your child’s visual health.

Experienced healthcare professionals design and conduct this study to evaluate innovative myopia management products. Enrolling your child allows them to receive evidence-based care and close monitoring by experts.

This study is part of the work of nthalmic, a research and development centre dedicated to delivering solutions for ophthalmic challenges.

To be eligible to take part, your child:

  • Is between 7-15 years old (inclusive)
  • Currently has myopia
  • Has not had any form of myopia management treatment in the past 12 months (single vision contact lenses and spectacles excepted)
  • Is willing to attend Ian Donald Optometrist practice every few months for up to 1.5 years to have standard vision tests performed.

If enrolled, your child will receive study products (spectacles or contact lenses), and you will receive a voucher for every scheduled visit. At the end of the study, you will also receive a voucher to spend at the optometrist.

Contact Ian Donald Optometrist, for more information.


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